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Disaster Response Teams Active in Mission

Disaster Response Teams Active in Mission

By Rev. Tom Mattick With fires, floods, and disasters amid the COVID pandemic, the Desert Southwest Conference Early Response Teams are actively engaged in relief efforts. In June, as many as 14 persons went to Globe, AZ to assist the Salvation Army and other agencies...

ERT readiness for Hurricane Ida

By Rev. Tom Mattick You have likely watched as Hurricane Ida made landfall yesterday and in its wake left catastrophic damage. This morning, I sent an email to Bob Deich, the Louisiana Coordinator of Disaster Response assuring him of our prayers as he assesses the...

It’s fire and flood season – here’s what your church do to help

2020 and 2021 have seen perhaps the greatest number, intensity, area, destruction, and property damage of any fires in known history – not only in the U.S. but around the world. Firefighters, state and federal agencies, and disaster networks in Northern California,...
Responding to Disasters

Responding to Disasters

The Desert Southwest Early Response Team (ERT) has responded to disasters outside and within the bounds of the annual conference. The next training event is August 11 in Prescott, Arizona.

Fire Relief Buckets and ERT Ash Sifters are needed

Fire Relief Buckets and ERT Ash Sifters are needed

By Tom Mattick, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, and Polly Turner, ERT Trainer With the fires in the town of Bagdad, we are reminded of the fire risks associated with the drought and the devastation they can cause to properties and structures in their path....

Early Response Team Training – September 2, 2021

ERT mission teams respond to natural disasters across the country, bringing Christian presence of hope when a home has been damaged. We remove debris and salvage belongings to create a safe, sa­­­­­­nitary, and secure home. Other times we work in a disaster center helping them make necessary decisions or meeting their special needs. We work with many other religious, government, and secular organizations to mitigate their losses.

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